Friday, June 18, 2010

A Shocking Study Reveals Women Tea Drinkers and the High Chances of Lupus and/or RA

This was just really shocking to me. This study was done in Europe. After all we have been told for years about the incredible benefits of drinking tea, especially teas such as green, black and white, and now this study shows tea drinking, especially in women could increase the chances of you developing Lupus and/or RA by over 70 percent! The above link gives you some insight into the study, and here is another link. I am anxious to see what else comes out about this. So far this morning, I have not found anything on the regular Lupus sites about it. But, I am sure there will be much information published soon. If you see anything about it, feel free to post and let us know.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Another Brand New Medication on the Horizon for Approval against Lupus

UCB and Immunomedics Inc. announced today that a new lupus drug candidate, epratuzumab, provided a significant reduction in disease activity in patients with moderate to severe active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

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This has been a wondrous week when it comes to living in the world of those with Lupus, and other autoimmune diseases. The many years of research has paid off, and now we have at least 3 innovative, one of their kinds new medication to take away many of the horrible symptoms of Lupus, along with possibly slowing down or stopping the damage to organs, such as kidneys, heart, liver and the brain. I am so incredibly psyched about the possibility of being "more well" and less worried about how much damage the Lupus is causing to my vital organs. I have already had more than my fair share of complications due to the Lupus, when it comes to other issues I have health wise. No matter how "not serious" or how serious other entities in your life as far as illness may be, Lupus can definitely reek havoc with your body, and cause even a minor health problem to turn into a major detrimental situation very quickly. Did I ever learn that just a couple of months ago when I thought I was having a severe gall bladder attack that was requiring laproscopic surgery to remove it. Little did I know the Lupus, along with a nick in my liver during the gall bladder removal would put me on a very thin line of almost losing my life to complications.

I pray that no one ever have to go through what not just myself, but my husband and family went through for 8 weeks plus. Even after I was "out of the woods" so to speak and at home, all of us were extremely concerned I could suffer harmful set backs that would send me back to the hospital at any time. I am still have pain issues in my right side, with tenderness, and symptoms that could be related to continued issues with my liver and pancreas. I certainly hope not, but we are keeping a close eye on any developing problems.

Please continue to follow the great news though about these new medications. I will continue to keep you posted on information I receive about the continued breaking good news..   Rhia

Thursday, June 10, 2010

OMG! Benlysta for Lupus went for FDA approval today!!!!!

OMG!!! OMG!!! Talk about AWESOME NEWS!! Glaxco Kline JUST SENT THE ONE AND ONLY LUPUS MEDICATION INTO THE FDA FOR APPROVAL TODAY!!! I am so totally excited. It could be approved where I could start using it by either later this year or very early in 2011. OMG!!! This is so incredible. The story follows! This brings tears of joy to my eyes. I have been praying this medication gets to the FDA and gets approved soon. Anyone with Lupus knows just how incredible this is....

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sign Petiton to tell Wal Mart NOT to do away with the Fabric Dept.

This is just nuts. Wal Mart in redoing their stores made a stupid decision to stop carrying fabrics. They made an "executive" decision to no longer have a fabric dept., which is nuts! Many small communities like mine, have NO other place to purchase fabrics without going to Dallas, buying online (which sometimes is nuts if you only need a small amount of fabric, or you need it NOW when working on a project). I found a petition online to sign, and other ways to let Wal Mart know they need to continue to keep their fabric dept. open ESPECIALLY in smaller communities where there is no other place to purchase fabrics.

The link is above... please sign and pass onto others who will be affected by this...

Thanks so much Rhia